Stuffed Carnival Squash with Cheesy Millet

squash and millet

Hello Vegetarians and veggie-eaters! It’s officially cold outside and the day of smoothies and cooling food have wained their way into the season of warm foods and root vegetables.

This meal is affordable and filling so eat up because you can make quite a bit!

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Ingredients

Squash:

1 Carnival Squash

Salt

Pepper

Spike Seasoning

Vegan Butter

1/2 lemon

Filling:

1 Cup Spinach

1 Portabello Mushroom

1/4 Cup Yellow Onion

1 clove Garlic

1 tbsp Olive Oil

2-3 tbsp Tamari

A pinch of Salt

A pinch of Pepper

Feta Cheese

Pine Nuts

Millet:

1/2 Cup Millet

1/4 Cup Mozzarella

1/4 Cup Sharp Cheddar

1 tbsp Rosemary

Salt

Pepper

Salad:

Red leaf Lettuce

Carrots

Purple Cabbage

Add Dressing of Choice

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Optional: 4 hours to 1 night before, soak millet in water with a pinch of salt. When ready to prepare the meal, strain millet through fine mesh strainer and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Take your squash and cut it in half and scoop out the seeds. Take a spoonful of vegan butter and place it in the center of the squash. Placing the squash skin-side-down on a baking pan, sprinkle salt, pepper, and spike over the squash. Place in the oven for 45 minutes.

When timer goes off for the squash, turn off oven. Flip squash over, skin-side-up, and let it sit in the over until dinner is ready to be served. You’ll notice it looks like the moisture was taken out of the squash, turning it over spreads out the butter and brings some of the moisture back.

Take out a small pan and place one cup of water in it on high heat. Once water boils, add millet and turn down to medium/low heat and cover with a lid. When the millet has cooked completely (takes roughly 10-15 minutes), add in cheese, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Stir frequently and keep on low heat till cheese has melted completely.

Meanwhile, Prepare Salad.

About 10 to 15 minutes before squash is ready, take out a frying pan and pour olive oil in the pan. Cut up onion and mushrooms and place in the pan on medium/high heat for 2-3 minutes. Once the onions have caramelized, add chopped spinach, garlic and tamari. Cook for another 2-3 minutes with lid on. Turn off heat, cover with lid, and set aside until squash is ready.

When squash is ready, squeeze lemon on top and add in filling with pine nuts and feta. Dish out salad and millet and serve.

Pose of the Week: Upward Facing Dog

Photo Credit: Lily Russo

Upward Facing Dog

URDVHA MUKHA SVANASANA

Benefits of the pose:

  • Strengthens arms, shoulders & wrists
  • Stretches spine, lungs & shoulders
  • Tones stomach muscles
  • Helps relieve mild depression and fatigue
  • Opens chest

Asana Breakdown:

To get into this pose, begin in low cobra. Firmly press your hands into the ground as your arms lengthen. Draw shoulder blades onto the back as the collar bones begin to lift and spread. Feet are together, big toes touching, tops of the feet touching the ground. Hips, thighs and shins are off the mat. Chin can gently tilt towards the ceiling.

Sources:

“Upward-Facing Dog.” Yoga Journal. Cruz Bay Publishing, n.d. Web. 5 Nov. 2015.

Cabbage Salad

cabbage salad

This is by far one of the quickest, cheapest, most delicious, and nutritious recipes!

Cabbage is loaded with Vitamin C, K, B6, Manganese, Calcium, Thiamin, beta-carotene, flavonoids, along with other nutritive properties!

In fact, there is research out there that states that cabbage is helpful for Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, boosting Immune Function as well as Obesity.

Raw Cabbage, especially, is a high prana food, so eat up!

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Ingredients

Raw Cabbage

Coconut oil (melted) or Olive Oil

Nutritional Yeast

Lemon Juice

Cilantro

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If using coconut oil, turn on low and melt oil. Let cool and then pour over chopped cabbage. Toss salad and squeeze lemon juice over your cabbage. Add nutritional yeast and cilantro. ❤

Gluten Free Sugar Free Paleo Muffins

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These muffins are surprisingly good! I expected them to turn into a rock of bland luckiness, but I was delighted to find that they are sweet, nutritious, hardy, and soft.

This is the perfect breakfast or snack for any one with severe allergies, wants to lay off the sugar, or is doing the Candida Diet. This recipe was inspired by one I found online at http://www.thecandidadiet.com, but I put a couple of my own special twists in there.

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Ingredients

1 Cup Coconut Flour

1/2 Cup Coconut Flakes

1/4 Cup Flaxseeds

1/4 Cup Walnuts

1/4 Cup Pumpkin Seeds

2 Tbsp Chia Seeds

1/4 cup Raw Cacao

2 Tsp Cinnamon

1/2 Tsp Nutmeg

1/4 Tsp Clove

2 Eggs

1-1 1/2 Tbsp Stevia

1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

1/4 Cup Almond Butter

1-2 Cups Unsweetened Coconut Milk

Time: 25-30 minutes

Makes: 12

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Set the oven to 375 degrees. Take out one large mixing bowl and place in flour, coconut flakes, seeds, almond butter and cacao. Add in eggs and coconut milk and whisk until all the ingredients are well blended. If needed, add more coconut milk until the batter is sticky but not watery. Add in cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, stevia and vanilla extract and continue to stir the batter. Take out your muffin tin and line it with cupcake liners or grease well with oil or butter. Fill your tin with the batter. These muffins don’t rise very much, if at all, so be sure to fill your liner to the brim. Garnish with more seeds and cacao, if you please. Place in the oven for 15 minutes. Check your muffins by placing a fork in the middle. If batter is still wet in the center cook for another 5-10 minutes. Once done, let them cool for 10 minutes, serve with a glass of coconut milk and then enjoy ❤

Gluten Free Gringa Fajitas

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Here’s a recipe out there for ya that I discovered on my Candida Diet! So good. I bit hard to take in meat since it’s been a while, but it sure made my gut feel good 🙂 I recently developed an allergy to gluten and corn as well so this recipes is nice for giving you an alternative to some of the ingredients that can trigger common allergies.

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Ingredients

1 lb Chicken

1 Yellow Bell Pepper

1 Red Bell Pepper

1/2 White Onion

1/2 Cup Quinoa

1/2 cup Spinach

1/2 tsp Cumin

1/2 tsp Paprika

1 tsp Chili Powder

Salt

Pepper

Coconut Oil

Toppings:

Cilantro

Avocado

Juice from a Lemon

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Start this dish off by taking a dollop of coconut oil and placing it in a frying pan. Cut up chicken into bite sized bits and place it in the pan on medium heat. Stir occasionally.

Take 1 cup of water and place in a small pot. Turn on high. Once water boils, add quinoa. Turn heat to low and cover with a lid.

Begin to cut up bell peppers and onion. Place in pan with chicken. Continuing to stir so that chicken doesn’t stick to pan. Be generous with your coconut oil. If it dish needs more, by all means, add more. You don’t want it to be soupy with oil, but well lubricated 😉 Add in cumin, paprika, chili powder; salt and pepper to taste. Stir pan, evenly coating chicken and veggies.

Once quinoa and fajita fillings are fully cooked. Prepare your plate by adding quinoa, spinach, fajitas fillings. Top with cilantro, lemon juice, and avocado. ❤

Lemon Garlic Tilapia with a Garden Salad & Green Beans

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Hello internet family ❤ This is a long awaited recipe, requested by one of the sweetest women I know! Similar to the Salmon recipe. Same same, little different. Here it goes: Clean eating for the entire family!

Fish are a wonderful source of protein, omega-3’s, B12 and Niacin, amongst other nutrients. So however you do it, it’s a great meal to add into your diet!

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Ingredients

1/2 lb tilapia

1 lemon

3-4 cloves garlic

A pinch of Salt

A pinch of Pepper

Handful of Green Beans

1 sprig of dill

Olive Oil

1 head of Lettuce

1 Red Bell Pepper

1 Carrot

1/2 avocado

Serving 1

Cooking Time: 30-45 min.

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Alright folks, I’m pretty proud of this meal. It’s so nutritious and well balanced! You’ve got a great source of protein, good/healthy fats, and tons of veggies, each with health promoting qualities. Oh, and by the way…it’s delicious.

Set the oven to 375. Take out a baking pan and tin foil. Tear enough to create a tent around the fish. Take out your tilapia, place it on the tin foil, squeeze 1/4 lemon over it, season with a small pinch of salt, take one clove of garlic chopped and sprinkle on top. When your oven has preheated, cover your fish with the tin foil; again creating that tent-like quality. Set the timer for 15 minutes.

Next, chop up your salad fixings. Add more or less of whatever you like/don’t like listed above. Increase quantity if more people are joining you. Once your timer goes off, expose your fish, peeling away the tin foil. Place it back in the over for another 10-15 minutes. If you want your fish to become crispy set for 10 min and then put on broil for 5-7 minutes.

While your fish is finishing up, pour roughly 2 tbsp of olive oil into a frying pan. Add green beans, again adding a small handful for each person other than yourself. Take another 1/4 of lemon and squeeze over green beans. Take a pinch of salt and pepper, season to taste, and sprinkle over the beans. Add chopped garlic to the pan. Add 1 clove of garlic for every 2 people your cooking for. (For example: if you’re feeding 3 people, add 4-5 garlic cloves.) Mix ingredients together, covering the green beans with olive oil. Put on medium, cover with lid, stir every 30 seconds or so. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn. Allow them to steam for 5-7 minutes, turning the heat down, if needed.

Once the fish is cooked, take 1/4 lemon and squeeze over top. Add a bit more salt or fresh dill if your would like. Taste the green beans, maybe add the last 1/4 of lemon to them and continue to season to your liking.

Enjoy ❤

Please leave a comment or request bellow! Keep em’ coming, I love it!

Let Food Be Your Medicine: Candida Cures

Candida Cures

During the Fall and Winter I tend to eat lots of sweets, basically from Halloween through New Years. And I think so do a lot of other people…. Unfortunately, in addition to exciting your taste buds, these seasonal eating habits add unwanted weight to the body and unwanted bacteria to the gut which can lead to imbalances in the body, namely Candida. So many people experience symptoms and side effects of Candida but they don’t even realize they have it. Common symptoms include: depression, anxiety, crying spells, low libido, poor memory, nausea, indigestion, stomach aches, athlete’s foot, hives, persistent cough, mucus in throught, sore throat, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, PMS and menstrual irregularities, yeast infections, and much much more1

The harsh reality is that everyone has Candida and most people experience one or more of these symptoms. In my unprofessional opinion I recommend doing the diet for one week to one month this holiday season will dramatically improve your health, your gut flora/bacteria, and your overall happiness in your body.

I, myself, recently found that I was experiencing a variety of Candida symptoms and am going on the diet for the next month. It’s a bit challenging as a vegetarian, and I will admit some rules will be broken for the sake of improving my health. But if you’re a strict vegetarian who may be experiencing these symptoms, don’t be scared away! You can still do the diet and be a vegetarian.

I’ve noticed that there is a huge emotional battle that happens when you try to rid the body of Candida, so just be aware of that. It’s like have the devil sit on your shoulder and tell you that not eating sugar is wrong. My guess is that this happens because your body is going through sugar withdrawals and sugar is 8x more addictive that cocaine.

Up above I took a picture of my groceries for Candida Care:

(From the left) Celery, Broccoli, Vaginal Yeast Suppositories, Salmon, Artichoke Heart, Olives, Sesame Seeds, Almond butter, Kyolic Garlic Supplement, Free range eggs, Plain Kefir, Zucchini, Zucchini squash, Lemon, Spinach, Candida Care, Licorice & Peppermint tea, Miso Soup, Quinoa, and Plant Based Abult Probiotic.

Being on the Candida Diet means not only avoiding sugar, but anything that can turn into sugar including: Rice, Sweet Potatoes, Honey, Wine, Alcohol, Bread, Oats, Pasta, Fruit, Carrots, all cured meat products, and so on. If nothing else, getting on a good probiotic will help a ton, but unfortunately not as much as giving your body a break from the sugar overload.

The only two things that are not food are the vaginal yeast suppositories and the Candida Care Tincture. The suppositories are for women, they are made up of boric acid and tea tree in gelatin capsules. They are inserted vaginally as needed. As a women, let me tell you, in my experience, they are the fastest relief to any irritation downstairs. The Candida Care Tincture promotes healthy intestines, heals the body of Candida albicans overgrowth, and supports the immune system and contains, Desert Willow, Usnea, Echinacea, Milk Thistle and Chaparro Amargosa. The tincture is taken orally and is a great addition to the other supplements useful on this diet/cleanse.

Yeast Suppositories:http://dancingwillowherbs.com/vaginal-yeast-suppositories.html

Candida Care: http://dancingwillowherbs.com/candida-care.html

To get recipes, Do’s & Don’ts, and more information about Candida follow the link bellow:

http://www.thecandidadiet.com

Sources:

  1. “The Candida Diet.” The Candida Diet. Perfect Health, n.d. Web. 20 Oct. 2015.

Please note that any and all posts on this blog do not substitute for professional medical help, diagnosis or treatment.I am not a health care provider my any means. The content provided on this site is designed to be used for informational purposes only. The content is based on personal experience and outside research. 

Spaghetti Squash Pasta Alternative

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Hello! As promised, here is a recipe for spaghetti squash spaghetti! It’s a healthy alternative to pasta and just as savory!

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Ingredients

1 Large Butternut Squash

Coconut oil

Salt

Pepper

1/4 cup yellow onion

3 cloves garlic

1 large portabello mushroom

1 head of cauliflower

1 small zucchini

1 can of tomato sauce

Toppings

Fresh basil

Pine Nuts

Parmesan

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Take out a large baking pan, cut the squash in half, grease pan with coconut oil, generously sprinkle salt and pepper over squash. Place the squash skin up and place in the oven for 40-45 minutes. Meanwhile, cut up onion and garlic and allow to simmer in frying pan with coconut oil in it for 2-3 minutes on medium/low heat. Add in zucchini, cauliflower, stir and let cook with a lid on for another 2-3 minutes. Add portobello, turn heat up to medium, season with salt and pepper, give your pan another stir and let sit for another minute or two. Be sure to watch your vegetables carefully, if they get to hot, feel free to turn the heat down. Once the mushroom and other veggies contents have softened, add tomato sauce. Put sauce on low heat until squash is ready. Stir occasionally. Once your squash is done, get out a big spoon and carve out the pasta-like strings and place into serving bowls. Add sauce and toppings of choice! ❤

Quinoa Chili for the Soul

Quinoa Chili

My hole life I have made the same chili recipe, but I have decided to branch out and try something new. This one is completely different that the other chili recipe I usually make, click here to check it out. But it is so good I can’t tell which one I like best! So here it goes, folks! Hope you enjoy ❤

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Ingredients 

1/2 cup Quinoa

1 large Sweet Potato

1 tbsp Olive Oil

1 15oz can Black Beans

1 yellow Onion

1 15oz can Fire Roasted Tomatoes

3-4 cloves garlic

2 cups Veggie Broth

1 tbsp Cumin

1 tbsp Chili Powder

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Pepper

1 lime

Toppings

Avocado

Pepperjack or Cheddar Cheese

Cilantro

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Start out with a small pot and bring 1 cup of water to boil. Once boiling add quinoa and turn down to medium heat. Do the same in a medium pot, filling it half way with water, peel and chop sweet potato into bite sized pieces, add to water, and cover with a lid. Allow for the water to boil for 10-15 minutes or until potato is soft. In a large pot add in olive oil, chopped onion, black beans, garlic and diced tomatoes. Turn heat to medium/high and let simmer. Once onion is transparent, add veggie broth, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Check on both your quinoa and sweet potato, once they are finished, add them to the large pot. Stir and allow the contents to warm on medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Once appropriately warm to eat, dish out your bowls and add the toppings of your choice.

Spicy Sweet Potato Carrot Soup for the Soul

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Hey friends! Let’s jump right into this one!

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2 Russet Potatoes

1 Large Sweet Potato

2-3 Carrots

1 Yellow Onion

2-3 Ribs of Celery

Salt

Pepper

Cayenne

Chili Powder

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Begin by peeling your potatoes and and chopping them into 1/2 inch pieces. Take out a big pot and fill it 1/2 way with water. When the water begins to boil add your potatoes, chopped carrots. Allow for them to cook for 10 minutes then add diced onion, and celery. Allow to cook for 10-15 more minutes then pull off the stove, and strain out half of the water. Make sure you don’t pour out all of it, you’ll use it as your broth base. Take the remaining water and vegetables and place in a blender or food processor. Once everything is creamy and smooth, pour back into your pot and season to taste with salt, pepper, cayenne, and chili powder. And you’re done! Easy as that! This meal makes a bunch and it is so nourishing to eat during this cool months.

Enjoy ❤